Team

Michelle Perello

Director
She holds a MA in International and Diplomatic Sciences and a Phd at Politecnico di Torino.
She has been working since 2004 as freelance consultant in EU programmes and funding and politics for innovation and territorial development. She established Consulta Europa in 2009 and settled the company in Gran Canaria.
Her main research interests are regional and European innovation policies, social innovation, business and innovation models.

Email: michelle.perello@consulta-europa.com

 

Beatrice Avagnina

Project Manager

MA in International Relations, BA in Modern Languages, and Master’s Programme in European funding and project development.
She previously collaborated with the International Relations Office of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice dealing with Erasmus+ students’ mobility and the international promotion of the university. She also worked as a teacher in a Centre for Italian Culture and Language in Russia.
Based in Consulta Europa’s office of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria since 2015, now she is managing the H2020 IC-Health project.

Email: beatrice.avagnina@consulta-europa.com

 

Alessia Bertuca

Project Manager

MA in International Relations and BA in Political Science.
She moved to Gran Canaria in 2015, after earning a research grant for a thesis on EU funding programmes for EE and RES, that developed at the Technology Institute of Canary Islands. Her main research interests are gender issues and social and cultural aspects related to the energy transition, participatory processes and educational projects.
Project Manager at Consulta Europa since March 2016 where she manages and develops Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020 projects and is in charge of the administrative and coordination management of the H2020 project Urban Waste.

Email: alessia.bertuca@consulta-europa.com

 

Cira Mendoza

Researcher and Project Manager

Bachelor’s degree in Economics and MSc in Tourism Management and Planning from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC). She also completed a PhD in Applied Economics, granted with a pre-doctoral contract from the Canary Islands government.
She is also a lecturer at the ULPGC and has done research on several projects related to her principal area of interest: economy applied to tourism and transport.

Email: cira.mendoza@consulta-europa.com

 

José Benedicto

Researcher and Project Manager

PhD in human geography in Brunel University London (United Kingdom) and master equivalent in business management by the Universidad de Valencia.
He has experience in: the evaluation of the socio-economic impact of conservation projects, sustainability in small islands, multi-criteria analysis and participative decision-making.
Researcher in Consulta Europa since 2017 and, at the same time, he is managing the Interreg Europe GROW RUP project.

Email: jose.benedicto@consulta-europa.com

 

Javier López Murcia

Project Manager 

Graduate in Business Administration and Management and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sustainable Coastal Management.
He has experience in eco-sanitation and solid and liquid waste management proyects. Apart from this, sustainable development, Circular Economy and marine and coastal conservation constitute his main research areas.
In Consulta Europa, he deals with the development and management of Horizon 2020 projects, including URBAN-WASTE project, among others.

Email: javier.lopez@consulta-europa.com

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